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Why genres don't matter on the Internet

Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt talk to Rachel Aaron about why she doesn't worry about genre anymore—and how she had to fight the siren song of Warcraft to become a professional writer.Read the rest

Genetically-engineered yeast is the future of flavor

Why does grape candy taste so fake? What on earth is blue raspberry, anyway? And what is the difference between natural and artificial, at least when it comes to flavor? Read the rest

LISTEN: English as She Is Spoke: The World's Worst Phrasebook

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Pedro Carolino's Portuguese-English phrasebook includes such tortured English phrases as "The ears are too length" and "He has spit in my coat."

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Is The Magician’s TV Quentin Too Handsome?

Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt talk about the latest in science fiction and fantasy. Everything you’ve ever read seems to be coming to TV. Plus Veronica tries to uncover Tom’s secret political conspiracy, while Tom changes Veronica’s opinion of 1940s era swashbuckling.

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The Sword and Laser (S&L) is a science fiction and fantasy-themed book club podcast hosted by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt. The main goal of the club is to build a strong online community of science fiction / fantasy buffs, and to discuss and enjoy books of both genres. For show notes and previous episodes, head here. You can also help support us on Patreon!

LISTEN: Jules Verne's lost novel, discovered 8 decades after his death

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How accurately did the father of science fiction predict the modern world?

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LISTEN: Lateral Thinking Puzzles

Here are six new lateral thinking puzzles to test your wits!Read the rest

Discworld's Inner Rage

Rucksack Universe Author and Pratchett Enthusiast, Anthony St. Clair joins us to wrap up our reading of Terry Pratchett's Wyrd Sisters.

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How to change a person’s mind on a divisive social issue in 22 minutes

The power of disclosure can reduce prejudice, shift attitudes, and change minds foreverRead the rest

LISTEN: The Incident at Dyatlov Pass

What happened to nine student hikers on a winter's night in 1959?

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LISTEN: Escape From Stalag Luft III

In 1943 three men came up with an ingenious plan to escape from the seemingly escape-proof Stalag Luft III prison camp in Germany.Read the rest

Thoughts on the Hugo Awards

Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt discuss a controversy that has science fiction stars going supernova.Read the rest

LISTEN: The Lost Colony: America's Oldest Mystery

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What is actually known about the disappearance of the English settlement at Roanoke Island in 1587?

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Our newfound power to ruin the lives of strangers with tweets

Author Jon Ronson looks at what happens when we obliterate people for unpopular opinions, off-color jokes, offensive language, and professional faux pas.Read the rest

Cheese is the chameleon of the food world

Cheese is not just a treat for the palate: its discovery changed the course of Western civilization, and, today, cheese rinds are helping scientists conduct cutting-edge research into microbial ecology.Read the rest

LISTEN: Moving Day in New York

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For centuries, May 1 brought chaos to New York, as most tenants had to move on the same day, clogging the streets with harried people and all their belongings.

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The Sword and Laser: Do Readers Have the Right to Delete Swear Words?

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In this episode of The Sword and Laser podcast, we share our final thoughts on The Goblin Emperor, kick off our April pick, Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett, and we discuss why some author names are bigger than their titles. But what really gets this episode going is the debate about whether a reader has the right to "clean up" an author's language.

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The Sword and Laser (S&L) is a science fiction and fantasy-themed book club podcast hosted by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt. The main goal of the club is to build a strong online community of science fiction / fantasy buffs, and to discuss and enjoy books of both genres. For show notes and previous episodes, head here. You can also help support us on Patreon!

LISTEN: Poet Doppelgängers

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In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll look at the strange phenomenon of poet doppelgängers -- at least five notable poets have been seen by witnesses when their physical bodies were elsewhere.

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Why author Peter V. Brett Empathizes with George R.R. Martin

Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt tackle the week in science fiction.Read the rest

LISTEN: The Great Tea Race

Follow the dramatic 14,000-mile clipper ship race of 1866, in which five ships competed fiercely to be the first to London with the season's tea.

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